Women, physicality and the outdoors: A story of strength and fragility in a kayaking identity

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Abstract

For many women, engaging in physically active pursuits in the outdoors can help them to gain a sense of empowerment and a positive sense of their own physical identity. But bodily self-confidence for women is often fragile and contradictory and can be disrupted by the events that take place over the life course. Risks or disruptions to the physical body such as injury also threaten the sense of self, particularly if there is high investment in the identity. This chapter examines relationships between body and identity through key turning points in one woman’s kayaking career. The chapter uses key life experiences to explore a sense of developing a physical identity, risk and healthy physicality, and disruption due to injury.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Interntaional Handbook of Women and Outdoor Learning
EditorsTonia Gray, Denise Mitten
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave
Chapter33
Pages503-511
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319535500
ISBN (Print)9783319535494
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Gender and Education
PublisherPalgrave McMillan

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